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Home Before Night Hardcover – 11 Oct 1979
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* 'Entrancing ... the playwright author's gift of language and apparently total recall makes his account of growing up in the thirties and forties absolutely irresistible' Sunday Telegraph * 'He has the simplicity and genius of Dylan Thomas and Brendan Behan ... If you want to look at the South Dublin working class of the thirties and forties, here it is - a childhood that anyone would envy' The Times * --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Hugh Leonard (1926-2009) was the author of numerous plays, including 'The Au Pair Man' and 'The Poker Session', the screenplay for the film 'Widow's Peak' and TV adaptations of 'Great Expectations', 'Good Behaviour', 'The Moonstone', 'Nicholas Nickleby', and 'Wuthering Heights'. His novelisation of his 4-part drama 'Parnell and the Englishwoman' (BBC) won the 1992 Sagittarius Award. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
This is a series of very thinly veiled autobiographical reminiscences by the author about his childhood, an adopted only child, growing up just outside Dublin in the 1930's. It is both funny and sad. It is also very honest. He is socially awkward, his mother is tactless, proud and publicly embarrassing and his father easy going, conservative and a little tug-o-the-forelock. While we may all be too young to experience life in the exact same way, we can easily empathise with being embarrassed by parents, feeling inadequate at school and the horrific thought as you enter the work force that you will never be as free as you were the day before you started employment.
This is a hugely enjoyable book - it's very easily read, though some might say it's a touch sentimental. Parts are told from Leonard's own perspective ("I choked and retched, and the wind knifed through my wet clothes"), though other parts are written about Jack ("Jack's da was too slow to take Sonny's meaning"). It's a bit strange to begin with, but it doesn't interfere with the story at all. In fact, some of my favourite parts involve Jack and his pet dog - also called Jack ! Definitely recommended, as is its follow-up "Out After Dark".